Otter Walk Wrap-Up
Dear MES Community,
Was this the best Otter Walk yet? We had a great time and we hope you did as well. We had 562 students and their loved ones on campus, such a great showing of pride & commitment for our blue-ribbon school.
Many thanks to our 300+ volunteers, especially the committee leads who put in countless hours leading up and following the event. We are so lucky to have so many supportive families in our community. We hope you enjoyed some of the old staples (like face painting, Sugar Shack) along with our newest addition of Eritrean/Ethiopian coffee.
Here are some details about collections and other loose ends . . .
Donations Deadline: Tuesday, November 7th.
The next step is collecting and recording pledges. DoJiggy makes this easy.
FOR ONLINE PLEDGES:
- Go to http://otterwalk.dojiggy.com/ and navigate to the participant control panel by logging in (upper right hand corner) and find the Donation Report (My page – Donations) which will list all donations logged by your supporters.
- Ensure the grand total amount is what you expect – this amount will be used to determine your prize level.
- Supporters who did not pay via PayPal will have “incomplete” next to payment. Follow up with any supporters who have not yet paid.
- If you have additional cash or checks that have not yet been entered into the system, click on the “enter personal donations” link at the top to enter them.
- Sponsors who pledged per kilometer will receive an email from DoJiggy early next week informing them of the distance the sponsored child walked. They will also be given a link to pay via PayPal.
If all payments were made online, you’re done! Recycle the manila collections envelope.
If you have cash and checks to turn in, select “print” and include this printout in the manila collections envelope you received at check-out, along with all cash and checks (checks are preferred). Checks should be made out to Montclair Elementary PTA. Submit the manila envelope to the central collections box in the office by Tuesday, November 7th.
FOR WRITE-IN PLEDGE FORMS: (Note that even those who are manually collecting pledges can use DoJiggy to log your pledges. See above.) If you do not have access to the internet, please use the write-in pledge form that went home in your child’s packet. Include it in the manila collections envelope you received at check-out, along with all cash and checks (preferred over cash) and turn it into the central collections box in the office (not your teacher).
Questions? Please email our Otter Walk collections team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Were you unable to attend the Otter Walk?
Your child can still secure sponsors to help their class earn the class participation prize (classroom plaque) and earn fundraising prizes even if they didn’t walk! Your child may also receive a shirt by raising a minimum of $150. Look for a manila fundraising envelope in your green folder or ask your teacher for one. Email the collections team at DoJiggy@Montclairschool.com if you need help!
Did you forget to check out?
Several kids did turn in lap cards and pick up their envelopes at checkout. Please either turn the lap card to the office or take a photo of the card and send to email@example.com ASAP. Please note, in order for your child to be eligible for prizes based on kilometers walked, you must return your lap cards.
Did your walker go home with their lanyard?
We are missing many lanyards. If you see any lying around your home, please turn them into the collections box in the office. We reuse them each year and it will help to cut costs.
In early December, students attend a special assembly to celebrate one another’s accomplishments. Classes will be awarded special parties for walking long distances as a group, securing the highest levels of sponsorships, and for achieving 100% classroom participation (showing up and walking at least one lap) and 90% participation (turning in at least one pledge or walking at least one lap). Additional prizes will be awarded for the top walker in each grade and for securing high levels and numbers of donations. (As with all financial contributions to the school, there is a fund that is distributed confidentially to families who need it. If your child makes an effort to raise funds and did not attend the event but cannot meet the $150 threshold for the t-shirt, please contact Principal Saddler and he or she will receive a t-shirt.)
Interested in joining the Otter Walk team in 2018?
It truly takes a village to make the Otter Walk successful. If you’re interested in volunteering at the 2018 Otter Walk, we want to hear from you! For more information on how you can get involved, email the Otter Walk Co-Chairs at the email listed below.
Please let us know if you have any questions or feedback. Thanks again for all you did to make this year’s Otter Walk a success and support our school!
Katy Geisert, Leila Tudury, and Corey Hill
Otter Walk Co-Chairs
* 100% participation. Ask your friends if they are walking this year!
* More sponsorships! Last year you and your friends raised over 1/3 of the PTA’s operating budget. WOW!
Read more about our School-Wide Goals.
Get involved early! It’s a great way to meet other families and make the event more fun. We are looking for a few lead positions; see the list below. For more information contact the OW Chairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Volunteer Coordinator Co-Lead
- First Aid Lead
Volunteer on the day of. Link to sign up coming soon.
We look forward to hearing from you and see you at the Otter Walk!
Otter Walk Resources
Otter Walk Chairs,
Katy Geisert, Allison Bramson, Corey Hill, and Leila Tudury
Questions? Email us at
Otter Walk documents and resources below: